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CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman alongside the Buick Enclave he drove for nearly 5,200 miles during Road Trip 2013.

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Road Trip 2013 comes to an end

For more than 5,200 miles over five weeks this summer, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman toured the midwest, looking for great stories. Now it's time to start planning Road Trip 2014.

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OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb.--If America ever found itself in a nuclear crisis, it's a sure bet that its senior military leaders would climb aboard this Boeing 747-200, or one of three identical to it, in order to conduct operations safely from the skies. 
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Known as the National Airborne Operations Center -- or, colloquially, the <a href="http://news.cnet.com/2300-13576_3-10017624.html">Doomsday Plane</a> -- this was one of the two dozen stops that CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman made during <a href="http://news.cnet.com/road-trip/">Road Trip 2013</a>.
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Over the course of five weeks -- and about 5,200 miles -- Terdiman criss-crossed the U.S. Midwest, visiting Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, and passing through Iowa.

From Doomsday plane to Frank Lloyd Wright: The best of Road Trip 2013 (pictures)

For five weeks this summer, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman toured the Midwest, visiting some of the region's most interesting and important locations. Here's a look back at 5,200 miles of reporting.

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Tour the Midwest with the Road Trip Picture of the Day (pictures)

For seven weeks, CNET's Daniel Terdiman challenged readers to identify photographs taken from his travels. Here's a look at all 49 locations.

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ASHLAND, Neb. -- The American heartland has as rich an aviation history as any region on Earth. And it should, given that the Wright brothers were from Dayton, Ohio.
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Over five weeks this summer on Road Trip 2013, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman visited many of the region's most important aviation hotspots.
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Among them was the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, near Omaha, which has, among other things, a very rare SR-71 Blackbird, one of the fastest planes in military history.

The great aviation heritage of the heartland (pictures)

From an SR-71 Blackbird to the Doomsday plane to Goodyear's forthcoming Zeppelin, CNET's Daniel Terdiman sought out the most important flying machines in the midwest during Road Trip 2013.

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How Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin survived murder, fires, constant change

The architect's home may be best known for the fire that killed his mistress. But it's a masterpiece of marrying design and landscape. CNET Road Trip 2013 stopped by to see it firsthand.

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SPRING GREEN, Wis. -- Frank Lloyd Wright may have been America's most famous architect, and the list of his masterpieces could go on nearly forever: Fallingwater, the Guggenheim in New York, the Robie House, the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and on and on. But for Wright himself, the most important building he ever created may well have been the main hillside house at Taliesin, his lovely 600-acre estate outside his childhood town of Spring Green.
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Though he spent his early career living in Oak Park, Ill., and later established a home and architecture school at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz., his Wisconsin homestead was still close to his heart. And when Wright died, at 91, his body was returned to Taliesin.
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Though a masterpiece in its own right, Taliesin may nevertheless be most famous as the home where Wright's mistress was murdered, along with six others, in 1914 in a fire set by a servant.
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As part of <a href="http://news.cnet.com/road-trip/">Road Trip 2013</a>, CNET's Daniel Terdiman took a behind-the-scenes tour of Taliesin, bookending the tour he took on Road Trip 2007 of Taliesin West.

Taliesin: At home with Frank Lloyd Wright (pictures)

He may have designed more-famous homes, but Frank Lloyd Wright's own house in Wisconsin is a showcase for his mastery of design in architecture. CNET's Daniel Terdiman stopped by on Road Trip 2013.

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If you know what this is and where it is located, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/11: What is this?

If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

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If you know what this is and where it is located, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/10: What is this?

If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

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If you know what this is and where it is located, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/9: What is this?

If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

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How Goodyear uses tech to make a faster race tire

From its Akron, Ohio, manufacturing facility to racetracks around the U.S., Goodyear and Nascar are studying how racing tires can be more efficient and help drivers go faster than ever.

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If you know what this is and where it is located, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/8: What is this?

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AKRON, Ohio and INDIANAPOLIS -- When you buy a set of new Goodyear tires for your car, you have every reason to expect that they'll last you 80,000 miles. But when a Nascar team gets its hands on a set of Goodyear's racing tires, the expectation is a little lower: just 100 miles.
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For years, Goodyear has had the exclusive contract to provide racing tires for Nascar. And that means that over the course of a year, Goodyear makes approximately 100,000 tires for Nascar teams, at a pricey $474 per.
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As part of <a href="http://news.cnet.com/road-trip/">Road Trip 2013</a>, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman stopped in at Goodyear's racing tire manufacturing facility in Akron to see how they're made, and then saw the other end of their lifecycle (although not the exact same tires) at one of Nascar's biggest events, the Brickyard 400, at the Indianapolis Motorspeedway.
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Goodyear's racing tires are made to exacting specifications and are tracked at every step of the way after being delivered to a race team. That's because everyone involved -- from the racing teams, to Nascar, to Goodyear -- wants to see how the tires perform, not least because simply looking at them and seeing how they're worn after a race can tell a lot about how the car that used them was driven.
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Nascar teams are trained to change a full set of tires in about 15 seconds, as seen here. But sometimes, even that many seconds is the difference between winning and losing. In this year's <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13576_3-57596261-315/race-on-how-tech-makes-nascar-faster-safer-and-more-exciting/">Brickyard 400</a>, eventual winner Ryan Newman held off favorite Jimmie Johnson by electing to replace just two tires during his last pit stop, saving precious seconds.

Road to Indy: The life of a Goodyear racing tire (pictures)

Goodyear makes more than 100,000 racing tires a year for Nascar. CNET Road Trip 2013 reports on the entire lifecycle, from manufacturing in Akron, Ohio, to hitting nearly 200 miles an hour at the Brickyard 400.

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